What You Need to Know Now About eSign and Document Security
Do you use an eSign service to handle the documents in your transactions? Did you know that eSign services don’t necessarily provide the security that actually makes the documents legally enforceable?
The Federal eSign Act, which became law in 2000, actually deals more with the act of signing than making the document secure.
Insecure or compromised documents aren’t legally enforceable, and that could put the legality of your transactions at risk.
That’s why it’s ridiculously important that you pay attention not just to getting a signature online through an eSign vendor, but that you take care that the document’s security is up to snuff.
That means that the documents your clients sign electronically need to be self-reliant, encoded with secure algorithms and hashtags and stand up to legal scrutiny for 20-40 years. Because lawsuits do happen. And banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America are cracking down and will reject documents that don’t comply with their security standards.
Take a few minutes to peruse this video. It contains a primer on what document security really is, and compares Cartavi to dotloop so you can see both in action.
Update, July 13, 2013: If you’re looking for a little more insight on this topic, take a moment and visit this excellent post about document security from Maya J. Paveza, “It’s Time to Take Your eSignature Tool Seriously, The Law Does: Unsafe Choices Put Real Estate Professionals & Client at Risk.”